'It reminds me of Numenor,' said Faramir, and wondered to hear himself speak.
'Of Numenor?' said Eowyn.
'Yes,' said Faramir, 'of the land of Westernesse that foundered, and of the great dark wave climbing over the green lands and above the hills, and coming on, darkness unescapable. I often dream of it.'
'Then you think that the Darkness is coming?' said Eowyn. 'Darkness Unescapable?' And suddenly she drew close to him.
'No,' said Faramir, looking at her face. 'It was but a picture in the mind. I do not know what is happening. The reason of my waking mind tells me that great evil has befallen and we stand at the end of days. But my heart says nay; and all my limbs are light, and a hope and joy are come to me that no reason can deny. Eowyn, Eowyn, White Lady of Rohan, in this hour I do not believe that any darkness will endure!' And he stooped and kissed her brow.
And so they stood on the walls of the City of Gondor, and a great wind rose and blew, and their hair, raven and golden, streamed out mingling in the air.
Return of the King: The Steward and the King
Here, the Lord Faramir and the Lady Eowyn meet and converse in the Houses of Healing after both were wounded in battle.
I based the tower of the white city off of Revenna, which served as one of Tolkien's main inspirations. fellowshipofminds.files.wordpr…
Although the city of Minas Tirith was not solely based on Ravenna, I did imitate much of the architecture off of Italian and especially ancient Roman buildings with an added gothic style to give it a worn old look that might also evoke a fairy-story-like quality.
The carvings in the lower section of the painting are meant to chronicle the history of Gondor. I incorporated the trees Laureline and Telperion from the Silmarilion on the walls of the courtyard in the bottom left panel since the whitetree of Gondor is descended from their fruits. It is the relief carving of Isildur establishing the kingdom by planting the white tree of Gondor.
The relief to the right is of Sauron confronting Isildur at the battle of the last alliance. Sauron's design is based off a painting by the author himself seen here: upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia… Notice Sauron's arm appears to be reaching out from Mordor in a similar way through the storm clouds above.
Panel three depicts Hurin of Emyn Arnen being appointed steward of Gondor by King Minardil. Húrin of Emyn Arnen was the first of Gondor's Stewards to be recorded in history. Little is known about his life but it is assured that his actions had a tremendous effect on the future history of Middle-earth.
The last carving on the right is of the battle of Fornost showing the Witch King of Angmar fleeing from Earnur and Glorfindel. Here, Glorfindel prophesies the fall of the Witch King, "...not by the hand of man shall he fall".
Each of the carvings is relevant to the two characters in the courtyard. The first episode exhibits the founding of the city they are standing in, the second shows that the two figures are still facing a common enemy, the third displays Faramir's inherited duty, and the fourth refers to the destiny of Eowyn.
The purpose of this piece was to present my newly married wife with a wedding gift. Being a fellow Tolkien enthusiast for as long as I have known her, I decided to put my artistic abilities to good use in depicting one of her favorite scenes in the Lord of the Rings.
Done on 30” by 20” watercolor board, I spent over a year planning the layout and a solid three weeks on the painting process itself. This is the largest project I've yet attempted so it was an interesting experiment.